Marek Janowski

Born in 1939 in Warsaw and educated in Germany, Marek Janowski recently concluded his tenure as artistic director of the Berlin Radio Symphony, a position he held from 2002 to 2016. His artistic path led him from assistant positions in Aachen, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Hamburg to his appointment as general music director in Freiburg im Breisgau (1973-75) and Dortmund (1975-79).

From 1984 to 2000 Mr. Janowski served as music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. His other positions have included chief conductor of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne (1986 to 1990), first guest conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (1997 to 1999), music director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2000 to 2005), and chief conductor with the Dresden Philharmonic (2001 to 2003).

He has been a regular guest in leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, and in cities such as Chicago, San Francisco, Hamburg, Vienna, Berlin, and Paris, among many others. With the Berlin Radio Symphony he performed Wagner’s Ring Cycle in the 2012-13 season in Berlin’s Philharmonie. The complete cycle was recorded live on the Pentatone label and released in 2016.

In July and August 2016 Mr. Janowski conducted Wagner’s Ring Cycle at Bayreuth; he returns to Bayreuth in 2017. Other engagements this season include Götterdämmerung at the Spring Festival in Tokyo, the culmination of Mr. Janowski’s four-year Ring Cycle with the NHK Symphony Orchestra. He also appears with the London Philharmonic, WDR Symphony Cologne, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Dresden Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Oslo Philharmonic, and the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic. Mr. Janowski returns to the US each season, working with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1990 and he has returned several times since then, most recently in January 2016.

Mr. Janowski has made numerous recordings including a large number of complete operas and symphonic cycles, many of which have been awarded international prizes. He recorded Wagner’s Ring Cycle with the Staatskapelle Dresden and his Bruckner cycle, recorded for Pentatone with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, has also been accorded high praise.  

(March 2017)